BP goes 5 deep: Blossoms have deep receiving group
Published 8:01 pm Wednesday, September 17, 2014
BLOOMING PRAIRIE — It’s no secret that the Awesome Blossom football team loves to air it out.
BP quarterback John Rumpza has thrown for 825 yards and 15 TDs in three games this season and the Blossoms have always had a potent passing game.
What is a secret, is who will be catching the ball for BP. The Blossoms have a strong group of wide receivers and all of them can contribute at any time.
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“If you look at the group, they’re pretty good,” BP head coach Chad Gimbel said. “I don’t like to put one group as the best, but it would be safe to say this is the fastest group we’ve had. To try to cover those guys, we feel like they’re a matchup problem. They all have their strengths and they all catch the ball very well.”
BP’s main group of receivers include Cole Sunde, Tristen Haberman, Anthony Nelson, Sam Swenson and Mitchell Jones. Sunde has had a 215-yard game already this season and Haberman has had a pair of 100-yard games, and the team is willing to throw to any of the five at any moment.
“It’s really easy to get tired at receiver and it’s really nice to have fresh guys come in that know what they’re doing every play,” Swenson said.
The No. 8 ranked Blossoms are outscoring their opponents on average of 41-11 so far this season and they just routed previously No. 6 ranked Lester-Prairie-Holy Trinity 41-6.
Nelson said that BP didn’t feel any intimidation going against LPHT.
“We just wanted to come out and put them down right away and that’s what we did,” he said.
Gimbel said all of the receivers get along with each other and Sunde and Haberman are best friends. When one receiver makes a catch, the others are glad to run out and block for him.
Sunde said the number of quality receivers BP has helps everyone, but he also likes to compare him self his fellow teammates to keep himself motivated.
“I get competitive [with the other guys]. It pushes you a little bit,” Sunde said. “It comes in handy when you can spread the ball out and the defense has more to worry about than just one guy.”
While quarterbacks often grab headlines from receivers, all of BP’s pass catchers are willing to give credit to Rumpza, a 6-5 senior signal caller who has been starting since he was a sophomore.
“It’s fun playing with John, because he’s such a good quarterback and he makes all of the receivers better,” Haberman said.
It may be something in the water in BP or it may just be the offense they run, but the Blossoms have always seemed to produce quality wide receivers. BP grads Elliot Herdina and Michael Thomas had big high school careers and Herdina went on to star at Gustavus.
These Blossoms grew up watching those guys and now its their turn to make big plays with the ball in their hands.
“We’ve always had good receivers here. You need someone to catch the ball,” Jones said. “We’re pretty motivated just to get better every day.”
The Blossoms will play at St. Clair (0-4 overall) Friday at 7 p.m. and they will play at Faribault Bethlehem Academy in a conference show-down Sept. 27 at 6 p.m.